“we are not responsible for what our eyes are seeing, we are responsible for how we perceive what we are seeing”
Yesterday was such a productive day and not because I got a ton of stuff done, but because I slowed down and let myself rest for the first time in weeks.
I was able to clean out my refrigerator and re-stock it with healthy food for the week, think tons of veggies and some lean protein.
Because I try my best to exercise intuitively and have been feeling a little rundown, I did this yin yoga class from the Boho Beautiful Youtube channel and it felt amazing. It helped my body release so much tension that was blocking my energy.
And then I took my dog for a casual stroll around the neighborhood to get some light cardio and that completed my exercise for the day.
So today I’m sharing one of my favorite salad dressing recipes. I’m not a big fan of store bought dressings because they usually have sugar, emulsifiers, and thickeners added that aren’t necessary and it’s very easy to make my own dressing.
I like to make a batch or two of salad dressing at the beginning of the week so that It’s easy to throw a salad together. My favorite salad is just greens, avocado, radish and red onion, but sometimes I switch it up.
Here you have one of my favorite dressings ever. It can be used as a marinade for chicken too.
Lemon Thyme Dressing
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Juice from 2 lemons (If you like less tangy then only use 1 lemon and add an extra 2 tablespoons of EVOO)
- a handful of fresh thyme
- 2 raw garlic cloves
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt (depending on your palate)
- several cracks of black pepper
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. The dressing should be creamy and smooth.
I like to store it in a glass jar and use as needed.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. I have plenty of other healthy salad dressing recipes that I’ll be sharing in the future.
Bye for now. xx
Adrenal fatigue is something that I’ve been dealing with for years now. I don’t need to get all sciency on you but, simply put adrenal fatigue happens when we over stress our body with stimulants like caffeine, high-intensity exercise, constant computer/cell phone use, and just being busy non-stop (because being busy is “cool” these days).
Ever since I got home from the road trip I’ve felt exhausted. I wake up tired even after getting 9 hours of sleep. I feel like I’m lagging through the days and haven’t had the energy to be my best self.
I’ve had to cut down the intensity of my workouts and have been turning to caffeine for fuel which only makes me more tired. Although I only drink decaf coffee, it still affects me when I’m already rundown.
- Too much caffeine from coffee and dark chocolate
- Too much Instagram and social media, not enough relaxation without stimulation
- Too much cardio, fast-paced circuit training, and HIIT, not enough yoga
- Too much saying yes to plans, not enough alone time spent reading, writing and meditating.
I’ve decided that this is the week that I really need to give myself an intervention. I need to get real about fixing the problem sooner than later so that I can get back to being my energetic self.
This Friday I’ll be in NYC for a night, followed by a Sam Hunt concert Saturday night and I really want to feel good for the weekend. I’m on a mission to get my act together.
I’ll be treating the following week as a recovery. Although I’d like to stick with the Bikini Series Challenge that I’ve been participating in for the past 8 weeks, there’s no way that I can do that in my current state if I want to feel better by Friday.
My focus will be on…
- cutting back on the caffeine
- turning my phone onto airplane mode after dinner so that I’m not tempted to scroll through IG
- eating really balanced meals with lots of veggies
- drinking tons of water
- yoga, pilates and walking style workouts
- remembering to take my b-complex
- spending QT with a good book curled up on the sofa
I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.
Does anyone else deal with adrenal fatigue? How do you bounce back from a few exhausting weeks?
I’ve been transitioning out of vacation mode and back into the suburban life. There’s always this strange nostalgic feeling I get when I’m back in Connecticut after being away for so long. A lot of memories and emotions come up and it almost feels like I’m living a double life.
Does that sound crazy?
Anyway, It’s been great to see friends that I haven’t seen in several months. I was able to visit with both of my sisters and my two beautiful nieces this weekend. And damn I wish I could see all of them more often. No one gets me quite like my sisters do.
But, today I want to backtrack a little bit and talk about a few things I’d purchased recently. Though I didn’t do much shopping on the road trip, I picked up a few random things and wanted to share.
I bought this Amika dry shampoo and hair oil at Sea Island Spa shop because I’d been on the hunt for a good hair oil and I’m always down to test out a new dry shampoo.
When I style my hair and I want it to last a few days, my ends always get so dry after the first day, and my roots get oily/weighed down. These two products worked together so well keeping my hair style fresh the entire week of travel. I love the smell of the oil, it absorbed well without leaving a residue and actually made my ends feel super healthy. The dry shampoo also smelled great, added volume to my roots, and didn’t leave any white powder, which is something that drives me crazy about dry shampoo.
In NYC we ended up brunching at ABC Kitchen and of course, I couldn’t leave without taking a quick browse around ABC Carpet and Home. That place is a dream. Although most of the inventory is crazy expensive (you want how much for a bronze fork?!), I never leave empty handed. There are so many beautiful little things everywhere and I was thrilled to find my favorite Bodha incense ($28) along with a jade Ganesh.
Ganesh (also spelled Ganesa or Ganesha and known as Ganapati, Vinayaka and Pillaiyar) is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune and success. He is the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles of both material and spiritual kinds. (courtesy of Google)
I’d used a Ganesh two years ago when I was going through some big changes and I thought now was the perfect time to bring a new one into my life. Also, I thought I’d lost my old one, but I found it right after buying the new one.
Lastly, I picked up the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Mask at Sephora in NYC. I’d been wanting to try it for a while because Lauryn from TSC loves it and she’s amazing. I love that it comes with a brush to paint the mask on, it feels super tingly and when it dries it’s a shiny silver color. It peels off so you get the sensation that you’re really accomplishing something.
My skin feels so tight, bright and firm afterward. I’m obsessed.
So yeah, that’s what I bought on my road trip. I’ll be back soon with a super simple salad dressing recipe and some other ramblings. Now I’m off to take my dog Eskimo for a walk and cook a healthy dinner.
Bye for now.
As a certified personal trainer, I was taught to take rest days at least once a week. The thinking is that our bodies need time to repair themselves between strenuous workouts and resting can help to prevent us from over training.
Over training is exactly what it sounds like, working out too hard for too long and burning yourself out.
Back in the day, I was chronically burned out and mostly because I didn’t listen to my body and I compared my workouts to fitness bloggers. Not that there’s anything wrong with working out that way, but it’s important to recognize that what works great for one person might not be the best for another.
I’m a naturally sensitive person. My hormones are easily disrupted, I don’t handle caffeine well, loud music bothers me, even burning certain candles will giving me a sore throat for days. I mean I could go on and on about my sensitivities, but I’ll spare you.
My point is that some of us are super duper sensitive and high-intensity exercise can really take a toll on our bodies. Now don’t me wrong, I love a good HIIT session, and this isn’t some lame excuse to not challenge myself in the gym. I love a challenge, but I also believe in the power of intuition.
I’ve learned to tune into my intuition. I’ll take an evaluation of how I feel, if I need to stretch, if I need a good hardcore sweat sesh, perhaps I need high reps and light weights one day and low reps heavier weights the next. Some days I’m craving barre, yoga, pilates… whatever it may be. Other days I might do a 12-minute Tabata because time is limited but I’m wanting to break a sweat.
Instead of viewing exercise as a chore that I have to do 3-5 times a week, I think of it as a daily reward. I don’t skip days because listening to my body allows me to fully enjoy working out. I look forward to it, I crave it and I don’t feel complete without it.
It all comes down to loving and respecting our bodies, really appreciating all that they do and the desire to be our best selves. I workout every day because I love myself and I love my body.
As a final thought, the next time you’re feeling drained and dreading your gym session or that 5-mile run, really question yourself. ‘How can I exercise in a more self-loving way today?’
I’m back home in Connecticut after 7 months in Miami and week of traveling up the east coast. It feels so damn good to be home, but I walked into a perfectly clean house that suddenly exploded into a mess of dirty laundry/clutter galore.
So, my husband and I have been doing this adventure for years and we’re self-proclaimed road trip professionals at this point and I thought I’d share a brief overview of our stops along the way.
Starting out in Miami, FL, our first stop was Georgia.
Hotel: Two nights at Sea Island (a favorite hotel of all time)
In a word: Heavenly
Food and drinks: Southern Tide (waterfront), The Georgian Room (fine dining), Tavola (cocktails).
Highlights: Getting the ‘southern comfort’ massage at the spa, drinking perfectly crafted skinny margaritas, and laughing my ass off with good company.
Fitness: Expansive grounds for walking and biking/ a huge fitness facility with every exercise option you can imagine/ several pools for swimming. It figures that I ended up doing Tone It Up workouts in my hotel room.
Thoughts: Much to my delight, friends decided to join us at Sea Island last minute. It’s a family resort and most of the people are either with children or retirement age, so it was nice to have our friends there to liven it a bit.
Hotel: The Durham, NC for one night
In a word: Mid-century modern
Food and drinks: Dinner at the restaurant was amazing. Our waitress was helpful and I loved the local lettuces and red pole beef tartare most.
Highlights: You literally feel like you’re in an episode of Mad Men, but sadly no John Hamm look-alikes. I enjoyed the comfortable bed, trendy rooftop bar, and a decaffeinated coconut milk iced latte before our morning departure.
Fitness: They offer rooftop yoga classes, but I wasn’t able to make it because we had to hit the road early that day.
Thoughts: I’m not quite sure if the dog was allowed, but we kind of snuck him in with his carrier and no one noticed. Our dog is well behaved, doesn’t make much noise (unless the doorbell rings), and doesn’t make a mess, so we definitely bend the rules when needed (lol).
Where? The Pendry in Fellman’s Point Baltimore for one night.
In a word: Luxurious
Food and drinks: We had a fantastic dinner at Rec Pier Chop House and a light lunch by the pool before departing.
Highlights: The decor was perfection, they gifted our dog a cute little duck toy, beautiful water views from our room, and best of all the bed was probably the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in.
Fitness: I was able to fit in a quick cardio, core, stretching routine in the state of the art gym.
Thoughts: Having never been to Baltimore, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty and hospitality at the Pendry Hotel. The staff was incredible, the building was brand new and stunning, the rooms were luxurious. I didn’t even want to leave. We were pretty exhausted on arrival and just wanted to eat dinner, get back to the room, and relax. The food at the restaurant was excellent, I couldn’t be happier with the experience.
(photo source, although I stayed in a much smaller room)
Hotel: The Edition NYC for a 2-nighter. We stay here often.
In a word: Trendy
Food and drinks:
- Snack- Edition Bar
- Dinner- Nobu Fifty Seven
- Brunch- ABC Kitchen
- Dinner and drinks- Catch + Hotel Chantelle
- Green Juice- Pressed Juicery
- Lunch- Red Farm Upper West Side
Highlights: Our friends from CT took the train into the city and joined us. The location next to Madison Square Park is super convenient, the divinely scented Le Labo products.
Fitness: Enjoyed a 30-minute cardio sesh with my girl in the hotel gym.
Thoughts: When we finally made it to the city, I was exhausted but it was amazing spending time with our friends strolling around the city.
Well, I am off to workout and get some laundry done. I’ll be back soon and hopefully from a clutter free working space xx
This past week has been a busy one. I’ve been trying to soak up Miami vibes because I’ll be in Connecticut for the summer.
My husband and I are road-tripping it back up north and have planned to make the most of our travels. We’re stopping for two nights at a beach resort in Georgia, a night in Durham, NC, a night in Baltimore, and two nights in NYC along the way.
In preparation for the upcoming travel, I got my roots touched up at IGK Salon this week and went extra blonde for summer. I think that it’s the lightest my hair has ever been and couldn’t be happier with the results.
So, I caved and ate some sweets for the first time in months.
First I’ll explain that I have an obsession with Mathew Kinney cuisine. If you didn’t know, he’s a famous raw vegan chef and he creates the most beautiful, tasty food that ever existed. Honestly, I could be a raw vegan if I had access to his food every single day. Anyhow, last Sunday I stopped by his restaurant Plnthouse at the 1 Hotel in Sobe for a green juice and was coerced into splitting the mango cheesecake. It was totally worth it. Then this past Friday night out to dinner with friends, I couldn’t help from suggesting MK’s other Miami hotspot Plant Food and Wine for dessert. I mean we were a few blocks away and let’s be real, I wanted a damn treat.
I didn’t even feel guilty about it and my stomach didn’t give me any problems, so no love lost. Will I make a habit of dessert? I certainly don’t want to. I like how I feel when I don’t eat sweets, but I will totally have them when it’s worth it.
Other than that, I don’t have anything too exciting going on, no holiday party plans over here. I’m currently sitting in bed, facemask on, an oversized t-shirt and socks, with clothes folded in piles everywhere, shit is literally everywhere and I should really finish packing.
Maybe I’ll go do that or maybe I’ll read a chapter from Material Girl Mystical World because I’m a serial procrastinator.
If you care to follow along on my adventure this week, I’ll be documenting via InstaStories. Until next time….
So, I love pizza.
But I haven’t been able to enjoy it in ages. I think the last time I’d had a slice was over six months ago from Harry’s Pizza because their GF crust is really good.
It tasted amazing, but the ingredients didn’t sit well with me. I was super bloated afterward and totally regretted eating it.
I’d pretty much given up on pizza.
So a few weeks ago my husband and I were chatting about pizza and he asked if maybe I could make a crust out of coconut flour. I was pretty closed off to the idea because I’d been let down so many times in the past. I figured it would end up tasting too coconutty.
With his insistence, I did a quick google search and found this recipe using coconut flour, but it also called for parmesan cheese. Since I don’t eat dairy for vanity reasons primarily (my skin), I decided to sub with almond meal and it turned out tasting pretty good.
I wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome, so I changed the measurements around a bit, tested the final recipe three times, and now today I’m sharing it with you.
Keep in mind that this pizza is super filling. I can only eat 2 slices max.
Each crust should make 8 pieces at 106 kcal, 4g carbs, 7g fat and 7g protein per slice! (excluding toppings, obvi)
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- First, preheat your oven to 400 and line a pizza pan with parchment paper. I like to use this 16″ round pan, but any baking sheet will work just fine.
- Crack 6 eggs into a medium mixing bowl and whisk until the whites and yolks are well combined.
- In another mixing bowl combine the almond meal, coconut flour, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and sea salt making sure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Add the dry ingredients into the eggs and stir until combined, making sure to work out any of the lumps. It will resemble more of a batter than a dough.
- Now pour the mixture into the parchment-lined pan and use a spatula to evenly spread the batter around. I like to get it as thin as I possibly can because it just tastes better that way.
- Bake the dough for about 16-18 minutes when the crust appears to be turning golden brown. It should be a firm crust at this point.
- BONUS STEP: You can skip this next step and move right along to adding toppings, but I’ve found that the crust gets more crisp with this trick. Remove from the oven, turn the crust upside down and use a fork to poke several holes in the other side. I remove the parchment paper at this point and the holes allow for more of the moisture to escape. Put it back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes.
- Now you can add whatever toppings your heart desires. My favorites are Rao’s Pizza Sauce, grass-fed beef, peppers, onions and fresh herbs. Sometimes I’ll add Kite Hill Almond Milk Ricotta.
- Bake the pizza until your toppings are done, let it cool (so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth), and enjoy!
Lately, I’ve been extra particular with my skin. I’m only getting older (30 in September) and I’ve realized how all of the little missteps can add up.
I used to scrub my face furiously to remove makeup, but then I considered the fact that I could actually be facilitating wrinkle development by doing so.
So, these days I’m extra careful when I wash and dry my face patting and apply my lotions and serums more gently.
I cleanse with lukewarm water instead of hot and always use a freshly cleaned face towel for drying.
It’s the little things that make a difference over time.
If you’ve ever used a zinc oxide based sunscreen, you’re probably aware that it’s pretty water resistant. It drives me crazy how difficult it is to wash off. I feel like I have to wash it like three times, with three separate pumps of soap to really get all the residue off.
It just feels like a lot of unnecessary face touching and rubbing and also a lot of wasted product.
So that’s why I’ve decided to add face wipes to my routine.
Now before washing, I’ll gently pre-clean my face with a wipe and it helps my cleanser lather so much better.
I know there are a million face wipes on the market and I’ve tried a few of them, but I’m currently loving these Avalon Organics Intense Defense Detoxifying Towelettes. They actually remind me of these Olehenriksen ones for half the price and with cleaner ingredients.
I love that I can throw them in my purse or travel bag too. Like sometimes if it’s a long day at the beach or on the boat, my face gets all gross from the salt water and sand it’s nice to wipe it down before reapplying sunscreen.
I like using them after a sweaty workout and I’ve noticed that it help my pores from getting clogged. They’re just really efficient.
So now I’m curious…
Who loves face wipes?
Who hates them?
And which are your favorites?
So the past week has been amazing and not for any one particular reason. I’m just in a good headspace.
I’m highly anticipating heading back to Connecticut in few weeks. My husband and I will soon be road-tripping home and have planned fun stops along the way.
It’ll be great to catch up with friends and family whom I haven’t seen in forever and to spend time in my house in a quiet neighborhood with an actual backyard and a grill.
Living in a building has its perks, but this girl appreciates laid back suburban vibes too.
Here’s what I’ve been eating, loving and doing…
I’m working on a grain-free pizza crust, but I’m not ready to share the recipe because I really want to perfect it.
I’ve been loving these new Adidas PureBOOST Xpose running sneakers. They’re super comfy, light weight and have just the right amount of arch support. I’m almost tempted to buy a second pair.
The highlights of last week included a super fun lunch date with friends, trying cupping therapy for the first time and acquiring new crystals for my collection.
Wishing you a blessed week xx